NHL, players’ association negotiations stall again

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NEW YORK — If there is going to be a hockey season, the NHL and the players’ association can’t afford many more days like this.

A night of bargaining Wednesday that stretched into the early morning hours didn’t end well and likely kept the sides apart for most of the day Thursday.

No new full-scale negotiations took place, and outside of a few brief, small sessions on specific topics, it was a lost day.

An agreement this week that could have led to a 52-game season now seems all but lost.

If the sides can’t find common ground within the next week, a 48-game season — the shortest NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league would play — will become impossible, too.

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